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Effort to recover Thais’ bodies from Kings River underway

Aided by a California Highway Patrol helicopter and special equipment obtained in Southern California, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team on Friday recovered a car carrying two Thai students that plunged off a cliff and into the Kings River in July. The car was pulled from the fast-moving …

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California faces its past in cultural struggle over symbols

The cultural firestorm over statues, flags and other symbols of the Confederacy, ignited by a violent clash of white supremacists and their opponents in Charlottesville, Virginia, would seem far removed from California. Not so. California became a state in 1850 largely because of pre-Civil War political maneuvering over slavery and …

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Funerals planned for Thai students killed in California

Rescuers retrieve the bodies of two Thai students from their car in the Kings River near Fresno, California on Friday local time. (Photo courtesy of the Thai Consulate-General, Los Angeles) Relatives of two exchange students from Thailand who were killed in California are planning funeral ceremonies, a Thai diplomat said …

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Bodies recovered from Kings River confirmed to be those of missing Thai students

Two bodies pulled from a mangled car that had been trapped for weeks in the middle of a treacherous Kings River gorge in Central California were confirmed to be those of two missing Thai students, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said. The bodies of University of South Florida exchange students …

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Child dies after being ejected in I-5 crash

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash Monday that killed a 9-year-old child on Interstate 5 north of Coalinga. The crash occurred about 4:45 p.m. Monday when the driver of a Toyota Scion, Victor Flores, 31, of Concord, swerved into the other northbound lane. His vehicle then went …

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Five Killed in SUV Crash With Big Rig Near Fresno: CHP

Authorities say five people in a sport-utility vehicle were killed after their SUV crashed into a tractor-trailer in a fiery collision in Fresno, California. The Mercedes SUV reportedly drove through a stop sign around 9 a.m. Tuesday and struck the big rig, according to the Fresno Bee. The newspaper also reported …

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Poor design, construction blamed in damage to California dam

Bad design and construction of the tallest U.S. dam a half-century ago and inadequate state and federal oversight since then led to a disastrous spillway collapse in February, an independent national team of dam safety experts said Tuesday as they urged tougher safety reviews nationwide. The experts investigating February’s spillway …

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Fresno County, police unveil new approach to mentally ill

Fresno police and Fresno County Behavioral Health will partner to form a Crisis Intervention Team to decrease the number of mental health calls handled by police officers, and divert as many possible individuals away from the criminal justice system into treatment, officials announced Tuesday. The crisis team plan, at least …

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We Are Sikhs: A Ray Of Hope In A Divided America

Following the unthinkable events in Charlottesville, Virginia, many Americans are wondering what can be done to ease the high levels of racial tension and political polarization in our nation. It is easy to feel discouraged and to think that nothing can be done to highlight what unites us instead of …

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